Mosley, a KSR founding father, once had a feature entitled “Know Your Enemy” in order for UK fans to be fully informed about their next opponent. While Mosley has moved on to bigger and better things, our enemies continue to be part of our life. I want to keep us prepared on a game-by-game basis.
“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare
“Know Your Enemy” is 1-0 this basketball season, so let’s keep it going.
Know Your Enemy is coming to you today from Brooksville, Florida and the 2nd stage of PGA Qualifying school. I don’t know where we’re going to watch the game tomorrow night, but people at that place will know who we want to win.
Look, Duke is the worst (besides Louisville). I hate them. You hate them. We hate them. They are single handedly responsible for the worst memory of my childhood if you don’t count the time in kindergarten I got in trouble for throwing rocks at cars and my Dad paddled me with one of those beach paddles. Both memories are bad. Both ended with me in tears. But Laettner’s shot wasn’t preceded by my Dad saying “this is gonna hurt me more than it’s gonna hurt you” like the spanking was.
We got a little redemption in 1998. Wayne Turner took ownership of Wojo and we came back from a big deficit. But 1992 will always hurt and Duke will always be an enemy. You need to know them.
Duke University is located in the top Carolina in the city of Durham. It is the 5th largest city in the state yet has the highest number of people I don’t like, narrowly edging out Chapel Hill.
Notable People Associated with Duke:
Jay Bilas- Some people are okay on twitter. Some people are good on twitter. Some people are great on twitter. One person is the best on twitter. His name is Jay Bilas. Despite being a former Dukie, Bilas is a great voice of reason. If you don’t follow him, that needs to change. If you aren’t on twitter, let me take a moment and welcome you to 2012.
Matt Jones- The co-founder of Kentucky Sports Radio (a pretty popular UK sports blog) attended law school at Duke. He has a daily radio show from 10:00-12:00 where he talks about topics ranging from Kentucky athletics to siamese twins. Regular callers range from an Indiana fan who is the self proclaimed “Truth” to a purple dinosaur.
Cheerleader Scouting Report:
They aren’t Maryland. But they aren’t Vandy, either.
Very good. They’ve won half as many titles as we have. But I maintain 2010 shouldn’t count. They beat Butler.
They were national runner-up in 1978. Anyone know who won it that year?
Duke fans camp out for their biggest game of the year. Kentucky fans camp out for a practice.
Coach K is one of the best to ever do it on the sidelines. He is the all time winningest coach in NCAA division one history. He has 4 National Titles, 11 Final Fours, and 2 gold medals. The only person involved with Duke who has more gold than him is Lance Thomas.
Ryan Kelly- Kelly is a senior and one of those guys who seems like he has been playing for Duke since I still thought bunk beds were cool (2002-ish).
Seth Curry- I only mention Seth Curry here so I can mention his mom. One of my favorite parts of the NCAA tournament are the shots of Mrs. Curry in the stands at Duke games. She takes care of herself. I wish there was another Curry son so that the tradition would continue.
Kentucky leads the all-time series against Duke 11-8. The last meeting between the two teams was in 2001 at the Jimmy V Classic in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Kentucky lost the game 95-92 in overtime. Rashaad Carruth led the Cats with 19 points and a lot of trash talking while wearing his Air Force ones. For Duke, Jason “Jay” Williams had 38 points and zero motorcycle safety courses.
I would encourage you to enjoy Tuesday night, win or lose. Of course we want to win, but a win or a loss will have no bearing on how good this team will be from January on. Just enjoy seeing two of the all time great college basketball programs on the court together. After beating Maryland, the possibility of us starting the season 0-2 is gone, so just enjoy it.
Ah, who am I kidding? Go crazy. Bite your nails. Yell at the TV. Jump up and down. You’re a Kentucky fan. That’s what we do.